Perched way up, at a latitude of 69 degrees north, Tromso represents some of Norway’s best Arctic culture. While its nickname “Paris of the North” may be an overstatement, the city is strong on history and attractions, including an array of art museums, Polaria aquarium (which happens to be the world’s most northerly aquarium), and Arctic Cathedral. Tromso at night — while well-illuminated at street level — still leaves the sky dark enough to see the northern lights.
Tromso at night — while well-illuminated at street level — still leaves the sky dark enough to see the northern lights. On a recent visit there, a storm cleared out just in time for a magnificent show of multicolored aurora ribbons that left both spectators and photographers breathless. Travelers angling for a deeper experience can join Tromso Safari for a night tour chasing the lights along the coast or up in the mountains; parked at its dark base camp or touring with a photographer (prices start around $125).